I am so happy to welcome Namita Mahanama. Namita is here to share with you why she wrote this book. Isn’t that an adorable cover?
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WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?
My children’s book, My Mummy After Our Baby – A Journey of Hope and Healing, is centred around a very niche subject matter.
Some may believe that it is too narrow a topic to write a book about.
Yet, I wrote this book because when I fell prey to postnatal depression after the birth of my second son Kaiyaan, there was absolutely nothing for our family to lean on. We felt so isolated and alone in our experience…when it felt like our whole world was crumbling beneath us and we had no resources or tools to utilise.
Our eldest son Ari, was 4 years old at the time and was completely confused, lost and angry about what was happening within the home and he had no idea what had happened to me…his safe space and rock.
Unfortunately, I was ravaged by the condition, and unable to speak to him or connect with him. The darkness within the home was all-encompassing and he had no idea where to turn…and neither did we.
I recovered at week-11 and I vowed upon my recovery, that I would work tirelessly in creating as many tools as I could to help other women and their families through their journey of postnatal depression. No longer did I want anyone to feel alone, isolated or unsure of where to turn for support.
This book is actually an exact replica of our story. The character Aydan, is my Ari and Kameron, is my Kaiyaan…the doggy Rupert, is our Ruphus. It is spot on from how I revelled in a glorious pregnancy and then fell into the depths of darkness and the trenches on day 5 after giving birth. The pain, darkness and emptiness that I felt and what had engulfed our entire home is portrayed in the illustrations.
Aydan, my Ari, the morning that I ‘sparked back to life’ as I call it, just as the sun rose…crawled into my bed, and sang me an Indigenous Noongar song that he had learned at school and sang to me at a Mother’s Day celebration earlier in the year. I cried warm and heartfelt tears, and still to this day, I have no idea how he knew that I had returned back into my body without me uttering a word…The moment that my heart and brain-centre buzzed back into me.
The song goes like this…’Baby you are my heart…baby you are my heart…baby you are my heart…you are my star, my love, my life’.
Aydan sings this to his Mummy in this book, and I still get goose bumps remembering the divinity in that moment in our home. One that brought back my connection to myself, my children and to all of life. A moment that gave me an awakening to savour life in all its glory and to never take any moment for granted again.
I wanted to share the message of hope for all the little children and families who need to hear that their Mummy will get better too…and that they need to hold on, encourage her to seek help…and she will return and in abundance.
It is a book that I longed for when we were in the trenches…and I know that it will bring light, hope and healing to so many families…
My wish now, is that is can reach their hands, ears and homes…as this condition is brutal and it takes lives.
Too many lives.
I have made a commitment to do all that I can to make this road easier to walk on for women now and in generations to come.
This is why I wrote this book…for all of the Ari’s out there, who are waiting for their Mummy to return and need to know that she can…and that she will.
My Mummy After Our Baby by Namita Mahanama
GENRE: Children’s Fiction – Family and Relationships
My Mummy After Our Baby: A Journey Of Hope and Healing is a beautifully written and illustrated story, about the reality of post-natal depression setting in after the birth of their perfect little baby.
It is a gentle, soft, perfectly put together story, filled with an abundance of emotion and heart to explain what is happening at home, for all children who may be feeling lost and confused about what is happening to their Mummy after becoming unwell.
It is written by a mother who experienced this twice herself and vowed to create a beautiful explanation and tool, in order to provide hope, solace and strength for other families, that she wished was available for her children.
This beautiful book is written in the hope of educating, as well as to be a connective and bonding tool, at a time when a family needs it the most. It is gently and eloquently written, with the most amazing illustrations, that will form the basis of a vital healing tool in the home of everyone who is going through this harrowing chapter.
The author has brought the prospect of hope in a perfect package here and is her gift to you and your family, to navigate through this chapter with as much peace and lightness as possible.
Once upon a time in a far-away town called Knocksville, there lived a little boy called Aydan. He was a very kind, fun, smart and sweet boy full of so much energy and brightness!
Aydan made friends with everyone that he met and he was always the bright spark in every room that he walked into.
Aydan lived with his Mummy and Daddy and they loved spending time together. They played golf, loved going to the beach or running around the park with their little doggy Rupert.
Every day felt like it was filled with so much joy and happiness.
Every night they always shared turns in saying three things that they were thankful for.
Most nights, Aydan would say that he was thankful for food in his tummy, a roof over his head and for having a family who loved and cared for him as much as all of the stars in the sky.
This always made his Mummy’s heart shine brighter, grow bigger and she would hold him tight until he fell asleep.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Namita is a mother of two boys and draws upon her heart-wrenching first-hand experience of post-natal depression, after the birth of both of her children. She is creating a myriad of support tools for women and their families, to navigate through their journeys of PND with as much ease and grace as possible.
Namita is a registered pharmacist who has qualifications in Ayurveda and Ayurveda Yoga teaching, as well as being a PMC (paediatric massage consultant) and CIMI (certified infant massage instructor). She draws upon her professional knowledge as well as her own experience, to be the support lifeline at a time when families need it the most.
Her intention is that she can be a beacon of hope and shine much-needed light, on the road towards the mothers and the entire family’s healing and recovery. She hopes to inspire and uplift you through this chapter in your life.
Connect with Namita Mahanama
- WEBSITE https://wholeistichealingco.com/
- INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/whole_istichealingco/
- GOODREADS https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22118373.Namita_Mahanama
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